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The Boundaries Of Israelite Monotheism

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Judaism, Christianity and Islam are known and appreciated as monotheistic religions. The concept emerged in the process of systematic and philosophical reflection on Biblical faith. The concept of a "belief-system" refers to a coherent set of religious views shared by members of a society or a religious community. Important parts of the Hebrew Bible imply a belief-system that can be classified as monolatry, mono-yahwism or inclusive monotheism. For a better understanding of the Ancient Israelite religion it is important to interpret the evidence within the societal framework that has been designed by Manfred Weippert and Rainer Albertz. The Hebrew Bible presents a symbol system that is basically monotheistic. The image supplied in the Hebrew Bible is not completely concurrent in regard of the religious reality in Ancient Israel.

Keywords: belief-system; Hebrew Bible; Israelite monotheism; religious community



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